Sports

February 7, 2014

Women’s CRUD tournament gets physical

Team members watch as a Lady Top Hat hurls a ball with the aim of hitting team Peaches’ ball Jan. 31 at the women’s CRUD tournament in the Old Officer’s Club on Luke Air Force Base. The goal of the game is to stop or sink the opposing team’s ball until they have no lives left.

It’s a game traditionally played by fighter pilots where two people compete to take the life of the opposing team’s ball. It’s called CRUD and on Jan. 31 female spouses, Airmen, and friends played in a women’s CRUD tournament at the Old Officer’s Club on Luke Air Force Base.

CRUD is similar to billiards only without the pool stick and with more action.

“The game of CRUD began in the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said Jennifer Alexander spouse of Lt. Col. Thomas Imrich, 12th Air Force Standard Evaluation director of operations. “The goal of the game is to either sink or stop the other team’s ball.”

The game requires two balls – a white ball and a striped ball, said Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health Flight commander. Each ball represents a team. Whenever the stripe ball sinks into one of the pool table pockets or stops moving, a player loses a life. Each player is afforded three lives in the beginning of the game. CRUD players play until each player’s lives have been destroyed. Whatever team with lives left is the winner.

Each game is monitored by a referee who ensures the game is played and scored fairly.

The game begins with one person from each team at opposite sides of the pool table. One person is the designated “shooter” and the opposite team is the “object.” The shooter heaves the ball toward the object’s ball with the goal of sinking it into a pocket. While this is happening the opposing team is allowed to make gestures to throw off the shooter. If the ball isn’t initially sunk, players play until the opposing team’s ball is sunk or stopped.

Six teams participated and included the 56th MDOS, 308th Fighter Squadron, 309th FS, 310th FS and more.

For Alexander, who’s been playing since 2003, playing CRUD is more than about winning.

“My favorite part of the game is being physical because it’s kind of a rough game,” she said. “You have to run around and bump into people and it takes me back to my high school days when I played sports. Win or lose, it’s fun to be with your team and spend time together.”

Similarly, for Imrich, who’s been playing for four years, CRUD is great because it’s something out of her normal routine.

“I like CRUD because it’s a contact sport, and it’s also fun to shove people out of the way so I can get to the ball,” she said. “And it’s something I typically don’t get to do.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 
2_lemery_d2

Respect — want, earn, give, but don’t lose it

Lt. Col. David Lemery We all want it, some earn it, some are given it and some lose it. Respect can be defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. As ...
 
 

Solve problems at lowest level

Crucial in our Air Force environment today is having the proper tools and skillsets available to deal with problems. There is literally something new almost every single day that will invoke problem solving skills. When faced with a problem, an important mindset to have is to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. Some...
 

 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>